1 January 2014 saw the introduction of new dismissal rules in Belgium. Since then it is no longer possible to include probationary periods in employment contracts, employees can no longer claim the Claeys Formula and the same dismissal rules apply to both blue-collar and white-collar employees.
The new rules also mean that under certain conditions employees are entitled to outplacement even if they are less than 45 years of age. Also, from 1 April 2014, employers must justify the reasons for the dismissal of every employee if the employee requests it. If the employer does not provide the reasons, or if the reasons are judged to be unreasonable, the employer is at risk of having to pay additional compensation.
So what lessons have we learnt after one year of new dismissal rules and what impact has the new obligation to justify dismissals on organisations’ HR practices? Join this lunch seminar with Sophie Maes to find out.
Partner - Member of the Bar | Claeys & Engels
Sophie Maes is a partner at Claeys & Engels, the Belgian member of Ius Laboris. Sophie advises national and international clients on various aspects of international employment (including immigration of employees), labour law and social security law. She has a particular interest in the position of expatriates, temporary staff, global mobility issues, labor and employment law, transfer of undertakings and company restructurings. Sophie is also co-chair of the Global Mobility team within Ius Laboris and works closely with other members of Ius Laboris on transnational employment projects and queries. Sophie has been a member of the Brussels Bar since 1998. She graduated from the University of Leuven (K.U.L Leuven) in 1997, having studied in Leuven and at the University of Rouen (France). She obtained a special degree in labour law from the University of Brussels (ULB) in 1998.